How To Choose Healthy Travel Snacks
Food consumed during travel typically includes bags and bags of potato chips, microwavable meals, and lots of sodas. Although convenient, these foods severely lack any substantial nutrition, and pack in the calories with a vengeance. Also, these foods may also contain bad cholesterol, and a great amount of salts or sugar, which can make you unwell during the journey.
Instead of the stereotypical travel fare, try putting a healthy spin on travel food with these ideas:
1. Take along a cooler, in which you can store and freeze fruits like grapes, apples, pears, etc. Vegetables like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, celery, along with a container of a dip is a great idea.
2. Keep plenty of water with you, to avoid dehydration.
3. While eating in a restaurant, exercise caution with what you eat. Avoid giving in to cravings of high sugar or fat. Instead, try and find healthy ways to fulfill your cravings. Opt for whole grain toast or muffins, vegetable omelets, minimal butter or jam, etc.
4. Look for single serving cereal packs with low fat milk.
5. Drink low fat milk or fresh (or packaged) fruit juice, instead of the fizzy stuff.
6. An eternal favorite of any traveler, potato chips, can be substituted with a few healthier options. Opt for baked chips instead of fries. Alternatively, slice pita bread into triangles, place on a flat sheet pan, spray with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Pack it in a resealable bag.
7. Choose a cookie made from oatmeal or granola that has dried fruit and nuts. This will satisfy the sweet tooth with fiber and not a lot of sugar.
8. You can also pack sandwiches made with whole grain bread and peanut butter or lean meats. Keep these in the cooler.
9. If eating out, find sandwich places like Subway or Quiznos that let you select your sandwich ingredients. Choose whole grain breads, lean meats, and lots of vegetables.
10. Combine proteins such as nuts with dried fruits for a satisfying travel snack food.
11. Fruit and yogurt parfaits will give you some calcium and protein without too much saturated fat.
12. Protein bars can make a good breakfast food substitute, but watch out for extra sugar and calories.
13. As a last resort, choose a hot breakfast sandwich or small breakfast burrito over donuts and sweet-rolls.
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